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Royal Danish Ballet

Among the world’s oldest, Denmark’s preeminent professional ballet company presents works of beauty and splendor.

  • Jan. 13 - 18, 2004
  • Opera House
  • 2 hrs. 35 min.
  • $27.00 - $97.00
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Founded in 1748, Denmark's preeminent ballet company is among the world's oldest. Trained in the traditional style August Bournonville developed from the classical French school where he studied, the dancers display a suppleness and speed that is unmatched.

Under the artistic direction of Bournonville expert Frank Andersen, the Royal Danish Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House January 13-18 to perform a full-length version of Bournonville's magnificent Italian masterpiece Napoli, last seen in excerpts at the Center's International Ballet Festival in March 2003. Italian folklore and romantic love are at the core of this tale of the charming Teresina and the poor fisherman Gennaro, whose love is tested by the sea spirit Golfo and his seductive naiads.

The company will also present a program of mixed repertory to include Bournonville's enchanting La Sylphide, featuring one of classical ballet's most captivating characters—an innocent soul and femme fatale all rolled into one—and Harald Lander's Etudes.

January 13-16: Napoli (full-length)
January 17 (matinee) and 18: La Sylphide and Etudes
January 17 (evening): La Sylphide and Napoli Act Three

Performances will be with live orchestra.

Standing Room tickets for presentations in the Opera House, Eisenhower Theater and Terrace Theater will be sold at the Kennedy Center Box Office and by phone (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324 when a performance sells out, but only if it is sold out. There is no limit per purchase.


Watch and Listen

Artistic director Frank Andersen discusses the challenges of pleasing the audience.

All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

Group of 20 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.

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